Does Apple Store Transfer Files for you?

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  1. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    Hey everyone, I'll be getting a new macbook when they come out, but I was wondering: does the Apple store transfer the files from your old computer to the new one? Do they do it for free? The computer I would be transferring them from is a powerbook (as opposed to a PC) does that make a difference
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

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    No.
    You need to copy them, either using the migration assistant or old school copy paste, drag and drop.
    Assumign your are refering to iTunes Store.
    The App Store also doesn't do anything, but it will allow you to download them again.
     
  3. eidrunner247 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay, just to clarify - not talking about the iTunes Store - I am talking about wholesale complete transfer from all the files from my Powerbook to a new Macbook.

    More specifically, if I walk into a brick and mortar Apple store and puchase a Macbook, will the employees allow me to transfer all my files to that new computer (assuming I bring in my current powerbook)?
     
  4. McGiord macrumors 601

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    I think that they might do it for you , but you better call them before going there either make a Genius bar appointment, or a One on One session.
     
  5. azdmelani macrumors member

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    I called my Apple store to find out last week. If you drag everything you want transfered into a folder on the desktop they will transfer it.

    Someone posted in another thread in this forum that it takes them 2 days, which I cant afford to be without a computer for. Can someone confirm?

    I may look into another option (move2mac)
     
  6. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    from the apple website:

    This Apple Support article provides some more info about Transferring your files in an Apple Store, as well as the other options you have (ethernet, iDisk, external HD, etc.)
     
  7. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    I hope that you regularly run Time Machine to back up for system to an external drive. If you do, all you need to do is connect the drive to the new computer and use Migration Manager to import your files and preferences. It will take less than thirty minutes to be up and running.
     
  8. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, this would be your best bet - but I'm 85% sure it's free
     
  9. redmeister macrumors 6502

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    yea they'll do it, just stop in or call to confirm with your specific local store
     
  10. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, they do it. They did it for me. Simply arrange it in advance, so that it can be done at a time that is mutually convenient (and probably not too busy for the store in question.) Azdmelani makes the useful point that to save time they will probably ask you to put all of your files and everything you wish to transfer into one large folder - this happened with me.
    Cheers
     
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    Yes, they will do it for you.

    You have to transfer all of your files into one folder on your desktop and they simply place it on your Mac. This is free, done by a Genius and generally has a 24-hour turnaround.

    If you purchase Pro-Care ($99), they will give you a complete setup (iTunes to iTunes, Outlook to Outlook, Mail to Mail, My Pictures to iPhoto, etc.) and you won't have to do much of anything.

    Keep in mind some files may not transfer nicely (Outlook Express, some Quicken/Quickbook versions, etc.).

    One-to-One is NOT technical service and has nothing to do with data transfers. This is their personal training service to learn how to use the computer. Pro Care is for expedited repairs, data transfer, backup consultations...
     

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